Unrolling AltiVec, Part 1, Introducing the PowerPC SIMD unit
Get acquainted with AltiVec's abilities, rivals, and aliases
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Date archived: December 19, 2016 | First published: March 01, 2005
AltiVec? Velocity Engine? VMX? If you've only been casually following PowerPC development, you might be confused by the various guises of this vector processing SIMD technology. In this first installment of a three-part series, Peter Seebach gives you the basics on what AltiVec is, what it does -- and how it stacks up against its competition.
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